Probably not everyone reading my blog is aware that I am also one of the most unknown musicians on the planet, but for those interested in my music, here is an update.
The Bram Cools classic ‘Father I am tired’, can now be heard and downloaded in a previously unheard version here on my soundclcoud. Or click on the coffee if you like.
(Yes, for those who wonder: all instruments and vocals -including the choir!- are just Bram in this one!)
The rest of the news is that this upload of ‘Father I am tired’ can be also seen as the first ‘single’ announcing a coming electronic release of the old ‘Contemporary Christian Muzak’ songs, finally together on one album! This should have happened 5 years ago, but still it’s better soon than never.
For the uninitiated: Years ago now I had a band called the Contemporary Christian Muzak collective (or CCMC). We tried to play some kind of experimental Christian music that did both connect to the Creator and make some interesting sounds that haven’t been used 100 times before already. Most of it was not exactly elevator music for a boring Christian radio station providing safe happy clappy Christioa music for the conservative middleclass as the name might suggest, but raither some kind of rough folky indierock, mixed with very weird free-from noise and experimental impro-parts as well from time to time…
We only did a few concerts throughout the years but we did have a lot of fun, and I really miss those days! But time passes and things change, and the bandmembers had families and other bands and other stuff going on, so it all sort of fell apart. Unfortunately We never did any studio-recordings as a band, and no real CD-worthy live recordings have been made either. So all that’s left is my own home-recorded multitrack-versions with mostly myself on a lot of instruments, some of which were never finished. Finishing them is what we’re going to do now, so that in the near future everybody can listen to Contemporary Christian Muzak as much as they want…
I hope you all enjoy the song and share it with others who might like it.
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The list of ‘essential Bram Cools songs for dummies‘ that I’ve posted a while ago is now available for free download (unless you want to pay, that’s possible too) on noisetrade:
You can listen and get it here
Tracklist for the ‘Bram Cools Noistrade essential songs’ sampler:
1. Coca cola
2. Father I’m tired
3. Unfair competition
6. Doos vol cornflakes
7. I’m not flirting
8. Praise the Lord
9. Nettle fields
10. Consumer’s delight
11. Albatross (indie-folk mix)
12. The chosen one
13. My old name (original tape mix)
(And yes, the artwork is loosely based on the first verse of the first song, but those were aliens that did come over to paint circles (and more) in the fields, not just to drink coca-cola)
The Habañero Hour podcast is a very interesting podcast exploring ‘christian music’ outside of the marketing segment that bears that name. It’s great to discover great music…
And now they have included one of my songs (an instrumental called ‘repetitivus primitivus‘) on their ninth episode. The featured artist aradhna is very worth checking out (if you like something other than western pop music..) and they have also included one of my favorite welcome wagon songs too…
My free Bram Cools compilation album ‘I am the belgian Christian lo-fi scene’ can still be downloaded @ noisetrade or last.fm.
Let’s start with one of my all-time favorites, the psalters. A wild bunch of nomadic christian anarchists, travelling around the globe in a ‘converted’ black bus on used oil, that make intriguing music! Their influences are very diverse, ranging from various traditions of folk and religious music, electronic & noise, and things one cannot recognise , unless knowing all weird music on this planet. Their manner of life, and their beliefs are even more interesting as their music, if possible, but now I’m gonna focus on the music… These mp3’s are on their official site. Be warned, it is very intense and wild music!:
Ol’ Glory (demo version)
badlands (demo version)
the man on the moon and the man in the cup (demo version)
The Lord’s Prayer
El Elyon (live)
C-Blue (demo version)
we are all lepers here
Turn Me ‘Round